Spacex’s Falcon Heavy, World’s Most Powerful Commercial Rocket, Blasts Off Into Space


SpaceX on Tuesday launched the Falcon Heavy, one of the world’s most powerful rockets. Tthe successful liftoff took place at 3:45 p.m. ET at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

With the ability to lift into orbit nearly 64 metric tons (141,000 lb), a mass greater than a 737 jetliner loaded with passengers, crew, luggage and fuel, Falcon Heavy can lift more than twice the payload of the next closest operational vehicle, the Delta IV Heavy, at one-third the cost, according to Spacex.

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Only the Saturn V moon rocket, last flown in 1973, delivered more payload to orbit than Falcon Heavy, claimed Spacex.

This is a moment of triumph for SpaceX, the private rocket company run by Elon Musk, as it demonstrated the ability of a new, larger rocket designed to ferry large satellites and equipment to the moon, Mars or other destinations in the distant horizon.